Welcome to another installment of the MiceAge Disney News Round-up! This week we have MiceChat at D23 Expo giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a full list of special guests, Kevin Yee takes on the changes at Universal’s new Springfield and we have a MiceAge update on what is coming for Tomorrowland and Disneyland’s 60th anniversary. Ever wonder what is so special about Trader Sam’s Tiki bar? The tip of the week gives you some fun details you can try out on your next trip to the parks. Enjoy!


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Are you on your way to the D23 Expo August 9th – 11th, 2013? Please stop by the MiceChat booth in the Collectors Forum to shake hands with Disney legends and notables, win prizes, and meet the MiceChat and MicePod crew. For a full listing of MiceChat special guests (and times), prizes and activities please visit our 2013 D23 Expo page HERE

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MiceChat Newsletter

MiceAge Update: In A Tomorrowland Not So Far Away

On Friday, almost every public-facing division of the Walt Disney Company will arrive in Anaheim to host the bi-annual open house known as D23 Expo. The Burbank teams will try and create buzz for the media networks and movie studios with star power, while less savvy divisions like Disney Consumer Products will simply roll out a static display of stuff to buy like at any home show or mall, and the Imagineering group from Glendale will be muzzled from saying much of anything about the very real projects they’ve got coming to the American parks in the next few years. In this update we’ll get you up to speed on just what those projects currently are for the Anaheim parks, why they won’t say much about them at D23, and what else is coming to Anaheim before the bulldozers arrive.

ALL NEW: MiceChat Podcast – Star Wars rules the galaxy, the box-office, and now Disney Park Discussion. Is the famous sci-fi franchise taking over Disney Hollywood Studios and Tomorrowland in Disneyland? What about the catch 22 happening in Club 33?? All this plus an exclusive interview with Halloween Horror Nights mastermind John Murdy. Sceraming from Monstropolis to Evil Dead, this is MiceChat Podcast 10. Please be sure to share with your friends.

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Kevin Yee Takes On Universal’s Springfield
This past weekend, the Springfield section of Universal Studio Orlando opened up additional new sections, revealing still more food and drink options, amid highly themed decorative elements.

Tip of the Week

Disney News Round up

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Tiki Tiki Bar!

Nestled in the middle of the Disneyland Hotel, which serves a great variety of standard cocktails, beer, wine and food. They also have a fantastic assortment of specialty drinks are unique to just Sam’s, and the menu descriptions are a virtual carnival of puns worthy of the most seasoned jungle cruise skipper.

Just one example the, “Hippopotomai-tai.” The drink is described with “dare to enter this hippo pool with…bang! Bang! Two shots of rum! Don’t worry; this drink is only dangerous when you start to wiggle your ears!” What makes these specialty drinks worth getting is many of the drinks will either elicit reactions from your server or servers, or might even trigger a special effect in the bar (hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, and even a shipwreck)!

Disney Parks News and Reports

D23 is Coming to the Disneyland Resort this weekend!  We have news of a special auction that will be held at this 3rd D23 convention.  Then we go back to the 1950’s and 1960’s to see what was on the menu at the Disneyland Hotel!  We also have a couple entertaining trip reports for you! ~ Aladdin

MiceChat Newsletter

Joe’s birthday celebration at Disneyland and Carthay Circle – mre200200 Celebrated his birthday at Disneyland and has the complete report here with all festivities!

First Time Trip Report + Some Pictures – Austin brought relatives to Disneyland for the first time. Upon arriving, they experienced one breakdown after another. Find out if their luck changed for the better!

Own a piece of Disneyland, Thank you I will. D23 Auction – Would you like to own one of the Bobsleds that used to traverse the icy slopes of the Matterhorn? Perhaps you would like to take home one of the bars that use to call The Adventurers Club at WDW home! If you would like to own one of these, or several other parts of Disney history that will be available to you at the D23 Silent Auction, this coming weekend! See these items and others, that could be yours!

Possibly the Rarest Disneyland Hotel Photograph – oldhotelguy once again brings us several glimpses from the past of the Disneyland Hotel. Take a look at Jack Wrather’s original ID card and also, several menus from the 1950’s and 1960’s! Look here!

8/4/13 Photo Trip – Disneyloon takes us on a great day on Sunday and wanted to share the top 10 photos of their adventure!


MiceChat Newsletter

Mysterious Haunted Mansion Experience?
Thalassa and her group had a ‘mysterious’ experience on the Haunted Mansion. So was this an isolated experience or have others had the same?


While imagineering ideas seem to focus on Disneyland Resort in California, we have rumors coming from both coasts. ~ Trekkie Dad

New Star Wars attraction patent
KingEric found a patent application he thinks might be a design for a ride at Walt Disney World, but other MiceChatters see other possibilities.

Soarin’ Over The Horizon (Rumored For 2016)
Rumors surrounding changes to the Soarin’ attractions have surfaced before. Here’s the latest from Ride Warrior.

13th year, haunting upgrades for holiday mansion
PozEmerald claims to have trustworthy sources concerning a major upgrade to this year’s holiday overlay of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.

Disney should team-up with SEGA for an Area at Disneyland’s 3rd Park?
MickeySmurfette24 thinks Disney should sign with Sega for an area in a new theme park. Others think Nintendo would be a better choice.

Condor Flats Refreshed
DisneylandMaster has an idea to spruce up Condor Flats at Disney California Adventure. Hint: It has nothing to do with the upcoming movie Planes.


We have a great new discussion this week which involves a unique petition campaign for Disneyland Paris. ~ Trekkie Dad

SaveDisneylandParis – A petition to ask TWDC to step in
nova is displeased with the sorry state of Disneyland Paris and has started a petition drive to get the Walt Disney Company to step up to the plate and find a sustainable solution.

AV Room

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Mark Twain, Walt’s Revolution, Disney Blu-Rays, and Mary Poppins! DISNEY HISTORY! — If you’ve been to a Disney Park before, chances are you have taken a ride on the steamboat. Learn all about the original, the Mark Twain, in this weeks Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George looks at Harrison Buzz Price’s book Walts Revolution for his Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! — Disney has released the Sword in the Stone, Robin Hood, and Oliver and Company on Blu Ray, so Jeff and George take a look for the 60 Second Review.
FIVE LEGGED GOAT! — And finally, Mary Poppins hides this weeks Five Legged Goat!


Wakefield Report, covers the latest in theme park news! We cover the selections at the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We also talk about theiving Universal Orlando employees, a new FOX themed theme park, and MiceChat charity drives.Also this week we talk about some of the latest conversations on our new From the Mouths of MiceChat segment,More show notes can be found at WakefieldReport.com.

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Coffee with Kurtti features Keith and Jeff reflecting on their in-person recording failure, how fun the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet was, the Saving Mr. Banks trailer, and a little-known Disney employee periodical Jeff worked on called WD Eye.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast brings you the news from around the U.S parks, the second of Darren’s Halloween Horror Nights segments “Dead Man’s Die-Gest” and finish with an interview with one of the creatives behind Universal Singapore’s Madagascar ride.

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The Season Pass: Tony Baxter Part II, This week is part TWO of the Interview with retired Imagineer & 2013 Disney Legend Tony Baxter!

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MiceChat Podcast – Dusty and Doug get geeky for the Disney parks and discuss the Star Wars lands likely on the way to Disney Hollywood Studios and Tomorrowland in Disneyland.  What’s up with budgets and why Monsters are all the rage.  All this plus an exclusive interview with Halloween Horror Nights mastermind John Murdy.  This one is worth sharing with your friends!

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Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, Join Eric and guest hosts James and Joseph Taylor as they explore news, rumors, and Summer Nights at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio

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V24 Disney Radio

V24 Radio announces new drink exclusively at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney Anaheim!

“Ursula’s Punch” will be offered from August 6th until August 11 as the feature drink during the D23 Convention.

This drink – for the adult Disney fan – is the 4th drink special to be concocted by Team V24 since 2011. Previous drinks include Twisted Magic, Cherry Cheer, and Tropical Twist.

For the recipe for Ursula’s Punch and more, Visit V24 Radio’s website at V24Radio.com. Enjoy (and drink responsibly)!

Also – V24 Radio will be broadcasting LIVE on D23 Weekend with MiceChat.com – tune in throughout the weekend for updates and the latest happenings from The Happiest Place On Earth! Don’t forget to download the FREE V24 Radio Android App on the Google Play Store to listen that way, as well.

Other Theme Parks

Horror Nights going Heavy Metal, Comcast going on a spending spree and Kings Island to announce a new attraction with only a hint of comb with hair. Sound interesting? ! ~ DLandFansAZ

Universal Halloween Horror Nights Announces Black Sabbath 3D Maze
From the twisted and darkest lyrics of Black Sabbath comes a new maze to premier at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Comcast to ‘step up’ spending on UOR and USH once again
It appears that Comcast is going to speed up spending at Universal Theme Parks.

Kings Island to announce new attraction
The Ohio-based Cedar Fair park Kings Island plan a major announcement for a world record breaking attraction.

Is Now the Best Time to Bring Back Bear-y Tales/Kingdom of the Dinosaurs?
With all the sprucing up and refurbishments to Knott’s, Bongo wonders if it is time to bring back Bear-y Tales or Kingdom of Dinosaurs or something similiar?

History of the Amusement Park
And to wrap it up, Coasterjunkie has found an interesting piece on the history of the amusement park.

Other Theme Parks

D23 Expo

August 9th through 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center . We’ll have a magical booth in the Collector’s Forum area. Meet MiceChat staff, special guests and Disney legends whom we have scheduled throughout the three day Expo. We will also be giving away lots of great prizes, including hotel stays and an iPad Mini. Our amazing schedule of events and prizes is available HERE

Disney Cruise

We invite you to join us on a very special MiceChat voyage to the Eastern Caribbean on the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Fantasy.

Nights of Horror

Micechat Events

Featured Columns
MiceChat Newsletter

Universal Orlando Resort More Cash For Growth
This week it is all about Springfield USA, as the construction walls have finally come down around this latest park improvement.

Dateline Disneyland’s Guide to the 2013 D23 Expo, plus the latest news from Disneyland
Disney’s big 2013 D23 Expo is this weekend! Are you ready for three days of Disney insanity? We’ve put together a guide with the Expo must-dos for Disney theme park, animation and history fans!

Upcoming 2013 Disney Books
Looking for some good Disney books for the rest of 2013? There are a handful being released during the busy fall months that might catch your attention.

Knotts Berry Farm Building Fun and Scares
Today we catch up on one of our favorite Southern California parks. Knott’s Berry Farm opened three family attractions and the refurbished Timber Mountain Log Ride at the beginning of the season.

Cruising to Alaska on the Celebrity Century
Cruise ships have suffered a spate of unfortunate events of late, but for every cruise that ends badly, there are hundreds of cruises that reward their travelers with a wonderful vacation.

Sword and the Stone, Robin Hood, Oliver and Company Reviews
George: Disney has issued another slew of Blu-ray releases. Taking advantage of anniversary dates, Disney has released the Sword in the Stone, Robin Hood and Oliver & Company.

Disneyana Fan Club presents 2013 Disney Legends Awards
Did you know that there are two different Disney Legends Awards? The Disneyana Fan Club holds their Disney Legends Awards Ceremony to recognize those people who have brought Disney magic to their members.

In The Parks: Stopping to Smell the Roses at Disneyland
In The Parks returns to deliver the latest news and information from the Disneyland resort. This week, we take time to stop and smell the roses, literally.

Miceage News Round up

New Signs and Construction at the Magic Kingdom
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, the majority of the news at WDW brings us back to the Magic Kingdom, where we have about 60 photos for you! Let’s go!

Aulani Double Feature
There are two new articles about Aulani today: ‘AMA‘AMA and the Craziest Job at Aulani ‘AMA‘AMA, the signature dining restaurant at Aulani, is named after the ‘ama‘ama, the local striped mullet fish.

Disneyland Inspiration
I would assume that most people who read MiceChat (especially those reading Samland) are the type who visit the Disney parks more frequently than the average guest. Just a wild guess.

Disney World Hotel Categories: A Crash Course in Value, Moderate and Deluxe Accommodations
So, you’ve decided to stay on-site at Walt Disney World.  Now comes the fun part (for some of you)…where to stay?

Dueling Disney: Table Service Eateries
Last time around, Keith and Jeff tackled the never easy task of finding a good quick service restaurant.

The MiceEars Crew and MiceChat Disney News Club put a lot of time and effort into making these Round-Ups happen. Here are the members:Your Editor: CakvalaSC and the MiceEars Crew: Demigod, Aladdin, elly, Yoyoflamingo, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ, RegionsBeyond, Disney Wrassler, Fishbulb & Dustysage.

We hope to see you online again soon, Dusty and the amazing MiceChat crew!

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